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Under All the Lights

Under All the Lights

Interest Age: 14+
Grade: 9+
Hardcover : 9781773218632, 320 pages, October 2024 , 9.0" x 6.0"
Paperback : 9781773218649, 320 pages, October 2024 , 9.0" x 6.0"
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781773218656, 320 pages, October 2024


A songwriter wrestles with instant stardom and his bisexuality in this raw and propulsive novel for fans of If This Gets Out and Alice Oseman’s I Was Born for This.

After one of his songs goes viral, Ollie Cheriet gets the opportunity of a lifetime: a cross-country tour, an album deal, and a chance to help his family with their financial struggles. The only problem? Ollie has major stage fright, a symptom of his anxiety disorder. As pressure from performing, social media rumors, and his romantic life rises, his mental health starts to spiral. So he’s surprised at how grounded he feels when he collaborates with his wildly talented—and distractingly cute—touring partner, Jesse. Music has always helped Ollie through hard times, but he’s going to have to be more vulnerable than he ever thought possible to find self-acceptance in the glow of the spotlight.

Featuring characters from Maya Ameyaw’s acclaimed debut When It All Syncs Up, this story takes readers into the green room, immersing them in the vivid behind-the-scenes world of touring musicians.


Under All the Lights is a compassionate and heartfelt story of survival. Ameyaw tackles difficult topics like sexual assault, homophobia, and the price of fame with nuance and a necessary tenderness. Readers will love returning to these characters, and will find healing in the pages.”

- Jen St. Jude, author of If Tomorrow Doesn't Come

“Ameyaw imbues what sounds like every teenager’s dream—touring with your musical idol—with the kind of grounded, realistic emotion needed to make the story truly sing. In Under All the Lights, we stress, sweat, and crush right alongside Ollie.”

- Alexandra Mae Jones, author of The Queen of Junk Island

“Bold and gentle, Under All the Lights is the best kind of encore. Ameyaw is finely attuned to her characters as Ollie is thrust out of his comfort zone into the spotlight.”

- Trynne Delaney, author of A House Unsettled

“A triumphant and tender story filled with thoughtful characters whom you’ll be rooting for throughout.”

- Rod Pulido, author of Chasing Pacquiao

“Ameyaw creates an intensely beautiful exploration of the self and how the mind navigates the complexities of love, identity, trauma, and familial expectations.”

- Aleema Omotoni, award-winning author of Everyone’s Thinking It